by Stefan George (1868 - 1933)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Noch zwingt mich treue über dir zu...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Noch zwingt mich treue über [dir]1 zu wachen
Und deines duldens schönheit dass ich weile ·
Mein heilig streben ist mich traurig machen
Damit ich wahrer deine trauer teile.

Nie wird ein warmer anruf mich empfangen ·
Bis in die späten stunden unsres bundes
Muss ich erkennen mit ergebnem bangen
Das herbe schicksal winterlichen fundes.

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Confirmed with Stefan George, Werke. Ausgabe in Zwei Bänden, Erster Band, 4. Auflage, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1984, page 129

1 Braunfels, Webern: "dich"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Ancora la fedeltà mi costringe", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Jakob Kellner , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 55

Faithfulness still forces me to watch...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Faithfulness still forces me to watch over you
And the beauty of your tolerance [insists] that I linger ·
My holy endeavour is to make myself sad
So that I might more truly share your mourning.

Never shall a fervent appeal receive me·
Until in the late hours of our bond
I must, with resigned trepidation, recognize
The bitter fate of a wintry trove.

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Translations of title(s):
"Aus dem Jahr der Seele" = "From the Year of the Soul"
"Noch zwingt mich treue" = "Faithfulness still forces me"


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This text was added to the website: 2017-08-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 64